Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator
Job Class: Coordinator
Department: Tribal Courts
Type of Position: Non-Exempt
Location of Work: Juneau, Alaska
Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): G-10/11 Native Preference Applies
Prepared by: Debra O’Gara
Hours of Work: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Employment Category: Regular Full-Time
The incumbent will facilitate planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program through the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (T & H) Court system. The JHTWC is designed to provide court intervention and early access to therapeutic and treatment services to youth that have entered into the criminal justice system and who may be dealing with issues involving alcohol and/or drug use. In conjunction with Court staff, the Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator is responsible for forming, coordinating, and staffing a multi-disciplinary advisory team, drafting program policy and procedures to screen and determine eligibility of participants, and produce deliverables required by the grant and funder (Department of Justice) in a timely fashion.
Reports To: Presiding Judge or Court Administrator
Liaison To: Community partners, T & H partners and the Tribal Court
• Work collaboratively with the Healing to Wellness multi-disciplinary advisory team and Court staff in the development of programming for services for at risk youth that are struggling with drug or alcohol issues and are facing criminal sanctions.
• Monitor and provide professional level oversight and case management for the juveniles referred to the Healing to Wellness Court, including monitoring for compliance with Court orders, setting up services and activities with individuals, agencies and support groups.
• Prepare status reports for youth admitted to the Healing to Wellness Court.
• Organize, attend and facilitate case staffing meetings conducted prior to the review hearings and participate in the review hearings for the youth.
• Develop community resources for the youth and their families and attend and participate in relevant conferences, meetings and committees as needed, and work closely with the Healing to Wellness Advisory team.
• Responsible for overall program management which includes budget review, preparation of technical reports, reporting on outcomes, and ensuring program accountability to adhere to requirements of grant(s).
• Work with youth on the caseload and their families to assist them with referrals for other family and/or social services.
• Represents the Tribal Court at meetings with School officials, the State of Alaska Court System, Office of Children Services, State and local agencies, other T & H programs and Tribal Court hearings/sessions to establish, improve and maintain the Juvenile Justice/Restorative Justice programs within the Tribal Court system.
• Coordinates with and assists local governments, agencies and Tribal organizations and communities, under the supervision of the Presiding Judge and/or the Court Administrator, in the expansion of the Tribal Court system to better serve the needs of at risk youth and their families.
• Be able to work beyond normal Court hours including evening and weekend hours as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.
DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY
Spending Authority: N/A
NECESSARY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
• Extensive working knowledge of criminal justice system, especially the laws and policies that effect Juveniles, both State and Tribal.
• Extensive working knowledge and/or experience with youth who are experiencing alcohol or substance abuse issues.
• Cultural sensitivity to Alaska Natives in general and Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians in particular, together with knowledge of their histories and traditions.
• Knowledge and experience in a State or Tribal Judicial system, and an extensive knowledge about jurisdiction, Tribal sovereignty and local, state and tribal governments.
• Knowledge of resources that can be called upon for assistance in the fields of Youth offenders, at risk youth, education, health services, alcoholism, mental health, childhood trauma, FASD and restorative justice trends.
• Ability to develop and write clear reports, both technical and non-technical.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or social work or related field, PLUS three years of related experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
A Juris doctorate or a Master’s degree in criminal justice, social work or a related field PLUS one year of specialized related experience.
UNUSUAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OR RESTRICTIONS
The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs. Travel on small aircraft or ferry to program sites may be required.
CONDITIONS OF HIRE:
• All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”. This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position
• Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace. All regular employees must pass an initial and random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.
• Tlingit & Haida has several positions which require a criminal background check for the safety of our clients. All employment offers in the “covered” classification are conditional until Tlingit & Haida has received a Federal criminal background check verifying eligibility to work in these programs.
• This is a grant funded position which may or may not end once the grant funding has expired.